One of the special things in agriculture is the knowledge that is passed down from one generation to another. In most cases this is a possible experience but sometimes poor information slips through the cracks. A great example of this is the calculation of wheat seeding rates. Whether you are in Eastern or Western Canada farmer chances are that you seed by pounds or bushels per acre based on 60lb units of wheat. MAJOR FAIL!!!
Most agronomists would agree that seeding based on 1000 kernel weight (west), seeds per foot of row (east) or seeds per acre (east) are the most accurate and reliable seeding measures. So if this is such common knowledge, why do farmers stick to old inaccurate seeding rate rules established by our grandparents. I think its a great question and so I went to the man who has the answer.
In this episode of the Wheat School, Peter Johnson, OMAFRA discusses seeding rates and why seeding bushels per acre is a huge inaccurate mistake on your farm.
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